500 Calorie (or less) Comfort Foods

When the weather outside hits 20 and below, you can count on comfort foods make you feel warm and cozy. But they don’t have to be over-the-top indulgent. Here are 11 comfort food classics with fewer than 500 calories per serving.

Fried Chicken

Ellie’s super-simple spin on fried chicken uses crushed corn cereal flakes plus a blend of spices for a very crunchy dish. It’s a staple in my busy house with only about 15 minutes of prep time!

Sausage Lasagna

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Lasagna

A touch of sweet Italian turkey sausage makes this pasta dish hearty, yet sensible. The cheese layer is filled with part-skim ricotta and low fat cottage cheese along with some part-skim mozzarella, which helps keep the calories in check at 350 per serving.

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Armando Rafael

Stew

With 276 calories per serving, Dave Lieberman’s lightened stew will warm up any week night.

Meatloaf

Ground turkey is the superstar in Ellie’s meatloaf. It’s filling, delicious, and you can’t beat 210 calories per serving.

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Charles Masters

Chili

This 35-minute chili is a perfect weeknight meal that’ll warm your bones for around 400 calories per serving.

Chicken Pot Pie

This classic can be lightened up with a few tweaks: low sodium chicken broth, more veggies, and a few sheets of phyllo for the crunchy topping.

Macaroni and 4 Cheeses

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Mac & Cheese

This version uses more sensible portions of full-fat cheeses for big flavor. Cayenne and mustard powder punch up the flavor, while pureed winter squash gives it a great mouth-feel — plus makes this recipe a wonderful source of beta-carotene.

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Fish & Chips

The coating in this fish comes from crispy rice cereal and egg whites. Stick to 2 tablespoons of tartar sauce to keep calories below 500.

Chicken Parmesan

Yes, chicken parm can be enjoyed as part of a healthy eating plan. Food Network Kitchen’s 5-star version is ready in about 1 hour to create and clocks in at 435 calories per serving.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

You won’t miss the fat with all the spices that kick up the flavor in this lightened-up classic. With around 450 calories per serving, you’ll even have room for dessert.

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Brownies

Sometimes a feel-good brownie’s all you really need. Instead of downing close to 400 calories on store-bought varieties, make your own using better for you dark chocolate for 160 calories each.

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